It is important to find out the following about the teacher:
The teachers direct lineage.
Who is his/her master?
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What style(s) does he/she teaches?
Keep in mind that it takes a life time to learn just one style in depth.
The teacher’s teaching methods.
Are instructions clear?
For example, does the teacher show the precise positions of hands and elbows in Catch the Bird’s Tail?
Are there explanations as to why a move has to be a certain way and not the other?
For example, how Open Tai Chi looks in the form; how it is executed in Self Defense; and how a posture can allow/block the chi flow.
Is the style taught appropriate for you?
For example, a style that uses hyper flexion and hypertension may not be suitable for a learner who has physical limitations.
Tai Chi should make you feel relaxed and calm.
So consider the following factors:
Do you feel comfortable with the teacher?
Do you feel comfortable with the other students?
Do you feel comfortable in the place (physical structure) where you learn Tai Chi?
Do you feel comfortable with the atmosphere? Is the environment supportive or competitive?
A good way to explore these areas is to visit the teacher’s school and watch one or more classes.